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Till a few years ago, words like ‘honour killings’ and ‘khap panchayat’ were unknown for most of the urbanites. But today, after reading the horrors of the same in newspapers, we are not only aware but also detest them. I often think how people can be so heartless that they are ready to kill their own offsprings for the sake of ‘honour of caste’? The brother, who grew up with his lovely sister, feels no remorse when murdering her; the mother feels no guilt when her son or daughter gets killed in front of her eyes…how is it possible? However, it is indeed possible and still happening in the interiors inspite of (feeble) government action and media reportings. Aakrosh, dealing partly with this issue, creates the right impact. It’s a terrific no-nonsense film that wonderfully exposes the system of merciless killings, the so-called ‘honour killing’!
The story of the movie: A lower caste guy, Dinu, and his 2 friends visit a small village, Jhanjhar, in Bihar and soon get disappeared. When their whereabouts aren’t known for 2 months, the pressure of the students in Delhi, where the missing guys belonged to, along with that of media increase considerably, forcing the government to appoint CBI officers Siddhant Chaturvedi (Akshaye Khanna) and Pratap Kumar (Ajay Devgn) to investigate the matter. Pratap was a localite and hence was well aware about the prevailing mindset. However, finding the truth becomes difficult for the duo. The local police and the corrupt police inspector Ajatshatru (Paresh Rawal) refuse to cooperate. A mysterious ‘Shool Sena’ operates in the area that has spread terror everywhere. The lower caste people also don’t open their mouths, for the fear of cops, upper caste people and Shool Sena. How Siddhant and Pratap find leads and progress in the investigation is what the rest of the film is all about.
Aakrosh might seem as a very serious fare. The film’s theme and the mood are indeed serious but it has been packaged as a fast-paced investigative thriller. And that’s why Aakrosh sustains the interest of the viewer from the first scene till the last. The film starts with the Ramlila scene depicted with utmost realism-curious audience watching with great interest, policemen stationed for protection, so-called VIPs at the place just for the sake of attending and talking and joking among themselves. The film gets better after Akshaye and Ajay get to know each other and begin the investigation. The roadblocks they face and how they get one lead after another is captivating. So much happens in the first half (75 mins) that you feel that some 2 hours have already passed by the time intermission comes. The best scene before the intermission is undoubtedly the rooftop chase sequence between Ajay and a suspect. Believe me, it’s one of the finest chase scenes of Bollywood!
The second half is shorter than the first hour but is nevertheless damn interesting. The film falls at certain places though but in no time picks up. Also there isn’t any suspense as such regarding the missing guys. In the beginning scenes itself, one will be able to guess who are the culprits. But that doesn’t pose a problem.
A film of this stature might fail if the climax is faulty. Thankfully, Aakrosh has an excellent climax where the duo finds the truth and punish the guilty tactfully. The film ends on a justified note.
Both Ajay Devgn and Akshaye Khanna deliver incredible performances. They are together for most of the scenes and it’s interesting to see them working together and also arguing. In short, they complement each other well. Ajay, who earn accolades for his act in Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai, come up with yet another fine performance. This is a must for his fans! Same goes for Akshaye and it was great to see him on screen after a long time. And the good news is, he’ll soon be seen in 2 biggies-Anees Bazmee’s No Problem and Farah Khan’s Tees Maar Khan!
Bipasha Basu was excellent in the deglam role. Paresh Rawal was too good in the negative role…one of his finest performances easily! Reema Sen leaves a mark. Amita Pathak looks beautiful and does a nice job in the short role. Sameera Reddy was sizzling in the item number. There was another item song in the film, featuring Urvashi Sharma which has been chopped off. Jaideep and the actors playing Reema’s hubby, Amita’s dad, the three missing guys, Bahubali and Paresh’s senior do their job well.
Pritam‘s music was ordinary in this film which didn’t have scope for music in the first place. The only song that leaves a mark is Sameera’s item song, Issak Se Meetha. Background score is minimally used. Still many scenes create an impact. Tirru S‘ shaky cinematography creates a tremendous impact especially during action and chase scenes. Thyagarajan and R P Yadav’s action was very realistic but impressive. Some of the scenes however are too violent and gory. But it was necessary keeping in mind the film’s theme. Sabu Cyril‘s production design as usual was flawless. I especially liked the idea of using an abandoned theatre as CBI temporary office!
Robin Bhatt and Akash Khurana‘s story and screenplay was impactful. Story was well-written, inspired from real-life events. Screenplay overall was good although the interest does dip at parts. Aditya Dhar‘s dialogues were acidic and sharp. Finally Priyadarshan impresses a lot as the director. Often veteran directors fail when they switch from the genre of their expertise and try something different. However Priyan has in his vast career attempted many genres and have been more or less successful. Even Aakrosh, which is diametrically different from his recent comedies, has a topnotch direction. A great job indeed!
Some of the best scenes:
1. Ajay and Akshaye’s initial meeting
2. Ajay tells his story to Akshaye and attack in their room
3. Ajay-Akshaye at Paresh’s birthday bash
4. Ajay chases a suspect on the roofs (awesome!)
5. Amita Pathak taken by CBI
6. The lower caste settlements are attacked
7. Ajay-Akshaye get chased by Shool Sena fanatics
8. Ajay-Akshaye chase in the jungles
9. The last 20 minutes
On the whole, Aakrosh is a wonderful hard-hitting flick. It is a serious film, no doubt, but has enough doses of action and thrill to keep the interest alive and to reach a larger audience. Unfortunately, the film has opened to low collections. However, do for this one if possible. After all, its meaningful, it’s entertaining!
My rating-**** out of 5!
Filmmakers are looking up North for inspiration
Deepali Dhingra | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; September 21, 2010)
When Shilpa Shetty swung her hip and shook that patli kamar to Main Aayi Hoon UP-Bihar Lootne, she could well have been singing about Bollywood’s latest craze. That’s right! Hindi cinema suddenly seems to have woken up to the fact that there are interesting stories beyond Mumbai’s underworld, Kashmir’s conflicts and Europe’s breathtaking locales. From looking at the issue of groom kidnapping in Antardwand to Udaan that was set in Jamshedpur to Aakrosh that is based on honour killings in Haryana, filmmakers are exploring regions up-North to provide food for thought to the audience.
Director Abhinav Kashyap, whose debut film Dabangg is set in Uttar Pradesh, calls this emerging trend a sheer co-incidence. “But if it’s happening, it’s good because films should be pan India and I think places like UP-Bihar were falling off the map somehow. It’s important to have stories from everywhere.” While Abhinav’s film is about the unlawful practices in UP, his brother Anurag Kashyap is getting ready to dissect the rise of Bihar mafia in his next film.
Sushil Rajpal who directed Antardwand, believes that filmmakers making these movies are usually those who belong to these areas and are familiar with the culture. “Also, they are now in a position to experiment with stories and give the audience something they haven’t seen before,” he says. But is the audience ready to accept these films? “I think it would be naive for filmmakers to assume that the audience is immature,” is Abhinav’s reply.
But film critic Komal Nahta warns that even such films might not work if they are treated in a documentary style. “If the issues are identifiable like corruption in Dabangg or has star value like that in Aakrosh, then there is no resistance from the audience. By setting these films in places like UP-Bihar, the filmmakers are giving the audience, lingo/culture/milieu that they haven’t seen before, thus giving it a fresh approach,” he says.
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Dabangg grossed 81.50 crore nett approx as per early estimates over its first week after its Thursday looks to be coming in around the 6 crore nett mark.
The film has smashed the first week record of 3 Idiots even if we include the paid previews of that film.
The film has set new first week circuit records in Delhi/UP, East Punjab, Bihar, CP Berar, CI, Rajasthan, Assam and Orissa while in Mumbai, West Bengal, Nizam/Andhra, Mysore and Tamil Nadu/Kerala the records of Three Idiots have held up. The collections over the second weekend should also be very good.
Meanwhile, Dabangg had a very good second Friday with business coming in around 6.20 crore nett as per early estimates. The 8 day business of the film is 87.25 crore nett plus. Dabangg should easily cross the 100 crore nett mark by the end of its second weekend. The ten day business should be in 103-105 crore nett range. The Friday business was better than Thursday. Below is the breakdown of the second Friday.
Mumbai – 2.05 crore
Delhi/UP – 1.45 crore
East Punjab – 55 lakhs
West Bengal – 40 lakhs
Bihar – 15 lakhs
Assam/Orissa – 7 lakhs
CP Berar – 35 lakhs
CI – 23 lakhs
Rajasthan – 33 lakhs
Nizam – 33 lakhs
Mysore – 22 lakhs
Tamil Nadu/Kerala – 7 lakhs
TOTAL – 6.20 crore
Two of the three actors from Love Sex Aur Dhokha , Anshuman Jha and Raj Kumar Yadav, will be cast together in Boys Toh Boys Hai, a film inspired by Archies comics
After debuting in Dibakar Banerjee’s Love Sex Aur Dhokha, Anshuman Jha and Raj Kumar Yadav are back as the leads in debutant director Amit Chauhan’s Boys Toh Boys Hai, a comic caper on the lines of Archies set in Delhi.
The director informs, “It’s a youthful, coming-of-age story of four young guys. They all face a similar problem–there are no women in their lives.
They are looking for the perfect woman in their lives and fall in love but none of them is able to find the right woman. The crux of the story is how they overcome their problems and find their respective ladyloves. Anshuman plays a sardar, Rajkumar plays baniya and there is a character called Atal Bihari Bakshi, a Punjabi born in Bihar, played by a debutant Anuj Kumar.”
|Anshuman Jha||Raj Kumar Yadav|
The look and feel of the film is inspired from Archies, the iconic comic book series. “The film will have the same colours as used in Archies comics” says the director. The first schedule of the film will start in Mumbai from September 21.”
A Barry John prodigy, Anshuman, who feels that he will be more like the actress in a film, considering it will take him two hours to get ready with a beard and turban, adds, “It’s great to be playing a sardar. I am learning Punjabi and how to tie a turban from my two Punjabi friends.”
“All youngsters will relate to the film” says Raj, who will be seen next in Anurag Kashyap’s Gangs Of Wasseypur, Shonali Bose’s Chittagong and Bejoy Nambiar’s Shaitan.
The film is produced by KE Entertainment and written by Manu Rishi of Oye Lucky Lucky Oye and Aisha.
By Taran Adarsh, August 27, 2010 – 08:18 IST
Jog your memory and recall films highlighting the nuisance called dowry. Images of a number of movies would instantly conjure up in front of your eyes. Now think of groom kidnapping. Have you heard of it or ‘Pakrauah Shaadi’ [that's how it is referred to in North India]? I had vaguely heard of it once, but was clueless about the reasons that prompt people to kidnap eligible bachelors. ANTARDWAND not only spells out the reasons, but also tackles the issue with rare understanding.
Cinema lovers are thirsting for novel and untold stories and ANTARDWAND is a applaud-worthy film that fills the void. Real, disturbing and shocking, ANTARDWAND, reportedly based on a true story, is a power-packed film. If you crave for new stories and often complain that Hindi films have started stagnating, ANTARDWAND should be your pick this weekend.
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Final word? The year 2010 has seen a number of ‘small’ or low cost films having a lot to offer in the dark confines of an auditorium. Now add ANTARDWAND to that list!
Raghuveer [Raj Singh Chaudhary], who has just appeared for his Civil Services exams, is admonished by his father [Vinay Pathak] against marrying his pregnant girlfriend in Delhi. Distraught and defenseless, Raghu terminates his visit home in the interiors of Bihar and leaves for Delhi. But before he could get out of the village, he is abducted by another headstrong and ambitious father [Akhilendra Mishra] of a girl [Swati Sen] wanting to have a potential IAS officer as his son-in-law.
The boy is forcibly married off at gun point, much against his and the girl’s own wishes. Once married, they are locked up in a room for several days till they consummate their marriage and accept each other completely. But do they accept each other in the face of inevitability?
Director Sushil Rajpal needs to be lauded for choosing a novel story and narrating it with flourish. Filmed at actual locations, the debutant director not only captures the atmosphere well, but also keeps the realism alive all through those two hours. In fact, one of the strengths of the film is its unconventional story/screenplay [Amitabh Varma] and even though the viewer becomes a participant after a while, you just can’t guess what will happen next or how the film will culminate eventually. In fact, the open ending sets you thinking and most importantly, also seems appropriate.
The first-time director has handled a number of sequences with elan. The entire episode of the groom being kidnapped, tortured physically and mentally and his subsequent marriage gives you gooseflesh. Even the finale, when the daughter reacts sharply, is brilliant.
Sushil Rajpal makes a solid impact as a storyteller. However, the story stagnates in the second hour, but gathers momentum quickly thereafter when the guy consummates the marriage in an inebriated state. The twist and turns in the final reels also keep you thoroughly engrossed.
ANTARDWAND has fine performances by one and all. Raj Singh Chaudhary is natural. Swati Sen is first-rate. Akhilendra Mishra is dynamic. Vinay Pathak is calm and restrained. Himanshi [as Sia] is okay. Jaya Bhattacharya stands out. The actress enacting the role of Swati Sen’s mother is good.
On the whole, ANTARDWAND has a hitherto untold story to tell, which it tells most convincingly. Of course, a film like ANTARDWAND caters to a niche audience, who, I am sure, should praise the effort.
Sonakshi Sinha talks about Patna morality, camp Khan, the kissing ban and her uncanny resemblance to Reena Roy
• A Bollywood debut with Salman Khan and a superhit OST. You couldn’t have asked for a better platform.
Yes. I think it’s the perfect venture in which I am able to perform, look good, and I am opposite a superstar. It is Arbaaz’s first film as a producer so he isn’t leaving any stone unturned. A very talented director like Abhinav Kashyap is making it. I couldn’t have asked for anything more.
• You never wanted to enter Bollywood. Why this sudden decision?
There were no signs of me actually getting into acting, I never thought of myself as an actor. Salman spotted me at Amrita Arora’s sangeet, where I was dressed in Indian and where I probably looked the part of Rajjo. So Salman said we have found our girl. And once I heard the script I couldn’t say no either.
• You have lost a lot of weight. The transformation from fat to fit is apparent.
I was anything but fit. Most credit goes to Salman but there were a lot of people around telling me to lose weight. So it started off as a conscious effort to lose weight and maintain my health but eventually when I started seeing the results, I started looking better and I started getting more confident and it translated into what I am today. However my gymming and dieting are still on, they are part of a never-ending process.
• Your brother Luv is not successful. How did your family deal with it?
It is like any other family. Two kids are studying, one passes the exam and one doesn’t. We learn from our father who has had his share of ups and downs.
• Your mother just gave a statement, “Mariyada paar karne nahi doongi.” How far will you go?
My father is in politics, we have been brought up in a very different way. My father is from a small town, Patna. It’s a big deal that I am in films because daughters do not go that way. I will have to be careful about the films that I choose, what I do on screen, how I conduct myself. That’s what my mother meant. But she has not got a danda on my head…(laughs)
• That means no exposing and no kissing on screen?
Not at all.
• Salman Khan is said to be your Godfather and you are in the Khan camp.
It’s too early for me to even get into this. I have just started out, this is my first film. We are family friends, that’s all there is to it. He is not going to make sure that I don’t do a film outside his banner. ‘I don’t need a godfather, I have a superstar at home’
• People say you resemble Reena Roy…
Yes, many people have told me that I resemble Hema aunty, Vaijantimala, who to believe I don’t know. I just want to look like myself. I think that will happen once I start working when people see my work. It’s not that they are comparing me to someone bad. They are comparing me to the best, so I am ok with it.
Malaika Arora’s raunchy item number outfit is a replica of one she bought from a vendor in Bihar
A couple of months ago, while visiting Bihar, Malaika Arora Khan bought herself a pretty lehenga-choli with traditional sujni embroidery on it. At the time though, she never thought her outfit will help her months later, in her husband Arbaaz Khan’s production Dabangg.
Malaika Arora Khan’s raunchy item number Munni badnam hui has grabbed a lot of attention. The song and its lyrics have a Bihari flavour. So, the outfits had to be synchronised with that. Malaika has three to four outfit changes in the song and while two of those were designed by Ashley Lobo (not the choreographer), one was co-designed by Malaika and her costume designer friend Rick Roy.
|Malaika Arora Khan wearing the outfit in the item number she performed in Dabangg|
We say co-designed because Rick and Malaika showed choreographer Farah Khan the outfit Malaika had bought from a Bihari vendor, months ago. Farah loved it. She told Rick to design an outfit exactly like that one but with much more embroidery and glitter on it.
Rick says, “Farah Khan briefed me on this outfit, the description being very authentic and rustic. Malaika helped me with an outfit she had once bought from a local Bihar vendor. I went to Bihar and got in touch with local karigars who did the traditional sujni embroidery for us. We made it a little more filmy and added glam to the outfit. The jewellery too was bought from a nautanki company in Bihar.”
Welcome to the cut-paste-shine world of Bollywood, Rick.
The debutante is coaxing her senior co-star to make a trip to the badlands to promote Dabangg. Incidentally, her daddy Shotgun Sinha is leaving absolutely no stone unturned as far as the security arrangement of the visit is concerned
So what if Dabangg could not be shot in Bihar where the drama and action are actually set? Now that the film is ready Salman is all set to visit Bihar for the first time at the insistence of his co-star Sonakshi and her father Shatrughan Sinha. In the state Salman’s fan following is so large that Salman’s security bandobast has always been a worry every time a visit is planned.
This time Sonakshi’s dad, who is an MP from Patna, will make all the arrangements to ensure complete and foolproof security for his daughter’s co-star’s visit to Bihar.
Producer Arbaaz Khan confirms that Salman’s visit to the boondocks are being planned for Dabangg. “I want to take Salman to places where he hasn’t been before. For the promotion of his other films he hardly has time to travel to non-metropolitan cities. But this time Salman is setting aside 20 days to travel to the Northern interiors for Dabangg. He will be going to the smaller towns, places where his fan base has never had access to him.”
Bihar holds a special significance for Dabangg. Not only is the film set in the state, but the film’s leading lady is also half-Bihari. No wonder Sonakshi is so kicked about Salman jaunting through Bihar!
By Bollywood Hungama News Network, July 29, 2010 – 19:30 IST
As the gangster movie Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai hits theatres on July 30, the audience will also get to see a glimpse of Aakrosh directed by Priyadarshan.
The theatrical promo of the film Aakrosh will be shown on the same day along with OUATIM. Aakrosh is a hard-hitting film about love across caste barriers and honour killing set in Bihar.
Starring Ajay Devgn, Akshaye Khanna, Bipasha Basu, Raima Sen, Amita Pathak, and Paresh Rawal, the movie is produced by Kumar Mangat under the banner of ‘Big Screen Entertainer’.
The soundtrack of the movie has been composed by Pritam and the lyricist is Irshad Kamil.
The film is slated for release on October 1, 2010.
That’s the mantra Sanjay Singh plans to adopt for his newly-launched production house, as he prepares to produce his next film after Udaan
BOMBAY TIMES (July 19, 2010)
India’s solo entry at the Cannes Film Festival — Udaan — has had a successful release in India and obviously, producer Sanjay Singh is delighted. He has now launched his own production house — Sanjay Singh Films — and is all set to produce his second movie. This time he will be working with director Manish Jha, who has previously won an award at the Cannes Film Festival, for a movie titled Manjhi. Sanjay is convinced that this movie will be more compelling than Udaan.
Now that you’ve launched your production house, how many projects are in the pipeline?
I am looking forward to producing more films. But we will work on one film at a time and give it our complete attention. The fact that Udaan, my first film as a producer, has received such international recognition and has also had a great opening in India is very encouraging. When director Vikramaditya Motwane first came to me, he had been looking for someone to finance Udaan for almost seven years. The big production houses were quite reluctant. I loved the story and signed on immediately.
Why did you launch your production house after producing your first film?
I feel it’s important to do something good first and then talk about it. We achieved great success with Udaan, and now I feel more confident about venturing forth as a producer.
What is Manjhi about?
The film deals with a man’s heroic fight against obstacles, natural and manmade, that results in the creation of something that is truly extraordinary for his people. The story is based on the life of a man from Bihar, who passed away in 2007. It’s too early to say more, as we’re still scripting, but I am sure it will be a great film.
Will your production house only make parallel cinema?
Not at all. I don’t want to get stuck with tags of either commercial or critical filmmaker. I believe in good cinema, that entertains and also gives a message. We’re also co-producing Tanu weds Manu with Shailesh Singh, a film that I believe is fully commercial. I’m open to any project, which is one reason why we have launched a website — www.sanjaysinghfilms.com — so that we can connect with audiences, talented scriptwriters and directors, etc.